TO: News Desk
FROM: Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival
DATE: 29th February 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SINGING CORNISH BOYS’ PRAISES
The organisers of the biennial Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival have announced a new concert to showcase outstanding young singing talent in the county.
On Saturday, March 17, from 2pm, school and community choirs will stage a proms-style concert at the Hall For Cornwall, entitled Cornish Boy’s Prom.
As a registered charity, the Festival aims to offer ongoing support to local schools, encouraging participation in singing and ensuring that the boys can access high quality performance opportunities.
This new event has been made possible by Miller Countrywide which is donating the afternoon session at the Hall For Cornwall ahead of their own charity concert that evening.
“We are very grateful to Miller Countrywide for their generous donation of this session, which will enable us to showcase the breadth of boy’s singing talent with both trebles and changing voices in Cornwall”, said festival chairman David Peters.
Mr Peters continued, “The performers will include Lostwithiel Primary, St.Ives School and Trenance Academy - with the youngest performers at six and seven years old, as well as a small group from the Cathedral Scholars. Both Threemilestone and Perranporth Primary schools have recently received platinum awards from the national Sing Out programme for their high music standards; whilst Richard Landers – Cousin Jacks are currently rehearsing with the English Touring Opera and Miracle Theatre.”
BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard is a member of the festival board and will be compering the event. She said:
“We are delighted to have schools involved from across the county who are very enthusiastic about the event. Our young singers are the future of the choral movement and it is vital that we nurture and develop these youngsters and give them platforms to showcase their talents. In particular, we are keen to get schools and community groups more involved.”
The Cornish Boy’s Prom event will run from 2pm and is expected to finish at 4.30pm. Tickets are on sale from HFC at £5 for adults and £2 for children.
With 2011 seeing the fifth biennial Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival, the countdown to the 2013 event is already under way, with strong interest once again expressed by choirs from overseas as well as in the UK.
The six-day 2011 festival – Europe’s largest of its kind – broke records right across the board, with well over 3,000 singers from 62 choirs, including 13 from overseas, performing at 30 venues across Cornwall. Participants included 29 choirs from Cornwall.
The 2013 event will take place 2nd-6th May 2013. Further information is available at http://www.cimvcf.org.uk
In the meantime the deadline for the 2012 Composers Competition is approaching, encouraging participants to enter compositions for a male voice choir. With a prize of £1000, and the winning composition submitted to a publisher of male voice music, the closing date is March 30th. To enter, please visit http://www.cimvcf.org.uk/
CONTACT: Helen Mulhern 01326 376273 / firstname.lastname@example.org
David Peters, Chairman, Festival, 01326 318376
John Larke, 07968 515673
PHOTO: Richard Landers – Cousin Jacks (one of the choirs performing on the day).
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